We may have less than 30 days to the start of the Winter transfer window, but Arsenal are already making massive strides ahead of January to secure their targets ahead of time. And with reports according to Arsenal.com it seems the boss has already made up his mind on a defender target.
Arsene Wenger is set to make Ipswich defender, Tyrone Mings, his first signing of the coming transfer window in January.
The manager confirmed his interest in the 21-year old highly-rated defender while speaking to the media on Friday morning in preparation for the trip to Stoke City. Mings has been linked with a potential move to a big Premier League club over the past few months, having been one of the best players in the Championship this season. Wenger has now added flesh to the suspicion that the Gunners are looking to see off Chelsea in the pursuit for the player, though he held back on giving any overblown detail.
Been quizzed on his intereset in Mings, Wenger replied, beginning, of course, with a fall-back clause:
“We are not on any special case. We are on a few young players yes, that we always follow. He is one of the players we follow, but we are not close to signing anybody at the moment”. As quoted on Arsenal.com.
Surely, we are not close to signing Mings yet as the window is closed, but the fact that Wenger states the club’s followership of him would be a strong signal to suggest that it won’t take long before formal negotiations would be kicked on – that is if an informal agreement has not been reached already.
It takes a lot to squeeze out anything substantial from managers when it comes to the links with potential transfer targets, and with Arsene Wenger, it is even more difficult. The Frenchman is wont to play his cards very close to his chest, and is believed to only speak openly when the proximity to finalizing the contact is as short as the distance between lips and nose.
Wenger has agreed to the need to strengthen his defense going into the second half of the season and may not wish to settle for stop-gap options. Much like the signing of Calum Chambers in the summer, he probably intends to build a young defensive foundation for the future and his focus on English talents can only bode well for the National team going forward. Recurring injuries to both Gibbs and Monreal mean there will be a need to have an insurance cover for both, and Mings would come with the extra utility of being dependable also at center back – a position he has even been tipped to play in the long-term.
Mings’ is a product of the famous Southampton academy, learning his trade from 2001 – 2009 where he was a team mate of both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers. With Theo Walcott, and the two other Saints Old Boys all justifying the prices we paid to get them into our system, Arsenal could get him to not only be a useful home-grown understudy to Kieran Gibbs, but also be part of the much-loved English Core. Like Gibbs, this season saw his squad number reviewed from double-digits to ‘3’ as reward for the progress he has made at the club, and though a move for him will see another review of that Jersey number, he will be in an environment where he can learn from the best, while getting opportunities to test himself at the highest level
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